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Biographical entry Panting, Laurence Christopher (1869 - 1945)

MRCS and FRCS 10 June 1909; BM BCh Oxford 1895; DM 1900; LRCP 1909; MRCP 1912.

8 October 1869
Chebsey, Staffordshire
4 May 1945
Truro, Cornwall
General surgeon


Born at Chebsey, Staffordshire, on 8 October 1869, the seventh child and second son of the Rev Laurence Panting and Louisa Dixon, his wife. He was educated at Shrewsbury School, went up to Balliol as an open scholar in 1888, and took his clinical training at Guy's where he served as house physician and gynaecological assistant. After postgraduate study at Vienna he settled in practice at Truro, and was elected surgeon to the Royal Cornwall Infirmary in 1902. He took the FRCS in 1909, though not previously a Member, and the MRCP in 1912.

On the outbreak of war in 1914 Panting went to Serbia as surgeon to the Anglo-Serbian Unit (see the life of Sir James Berry, FRCS), and was later surgeon to the County of Cornwall Royal Naval Auxiliary Hospital. After the war he was surgical specialist for West Cornwall under the Ministry of Pensions, and became consulting surgeon to the cottage hospitals at Newquay, Fowey, St Austell, and Helston, and to the Cornwall County Tuberculosis Sanatorium. From 1924 to 1926 he was chairman of the West Cornwall division of the British Medical Association. Panting married in 1903 Jane Agnes Hepburn, who survived him, but without children. He died at Gwendroc, Truro, Cornwall on 4 May 1945, aged 75. Mrs Panting died at Paignton on 18 February 1952.

Abnormal fixation of colon. Clin J 1918, 47, 103.
Malignant disease of colon. Med Press, 1940, 204, 40.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1945, 1, 717; information given by Mrs Panting].

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